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Meghann Perry

Founder/Director

Meghann Perry Group

Pathway:

RECOVERY STORYTELLING

Session Title: 

It's Not Just Fun and Games: The Role of Creativity and Play in the Recovery Process

Session Details: 

Creative expression can be a powerful tool for wellness, and also a pathway of recovery! Improv, storytelling, and embodied games and exercises can support key processes in recovery as well as just be good old fun, which is good for the healing spirit. Many people have found forms of creative expression like theatre, music, storytelling, and more to be an important part of their recovery tapestry. This session will explore the role of creative expression through Embodied Storytelling, a series of activities and games using the voice and body that combine therapeutic theatre and storytelling practices with the principles of Recovery Coaching to provide participants with an opportunity for play, creative expression, a sense of belonging and community, and increased self-awareness and self-expression. It can be used as a foundation for the development of key processes relevant to recovery and healing such as emotional regulation and identity formation, or as a gateway to reintroduce creativity and the arts to those seeking or new to recovery - and those in sustained recovery! Embodied Storytelling can be used across the full spectrum of prevention, harm reduction, treatment and recovery and provides the opportunity for participants to also gain leadership skills by facilitating groups of peers themselves without the need for a professional facilitator or hierarchy within the group, inviting more inclusion and equity into the process. In this workshop, participants will learn how and why this program works and have an opportunity to play games and learn how to lead them. In addition, the practical application of Embodied Storytelling as a peer leadership development tool will be discussed and explored so that participants will leave feeling empowered to integrate the exercises into groups within their professional and/or peer roles.

At the end of the session participants will be able to:

Explain the role of creativity and play in the recovery process
Identify three skills developed through peer leadership opportunities
Implement three creative expression exercises in their groups

What are you looking forward to most at #MPRCCT2024?

I look forward to honoring the immense impact Phil Valentine has had on the recovery movement, and to celebrating the beautiful diversity, resilience and potential of our worldwide recovery family.

Meghann Perry

Meghann Perry, CARC, RCPF, is an award-winning Storyteller, Theatre Educator, Curriculum Designer and
Addiction Recovery Coach Professional. She creates innovative learning and performance experiences by blending theatre, storytelling, and coaching, and she is an international educator in recovery coaching.
Meghann is a global speaker storytelling coach and creator of two groundbreaking programs: Recovery
Storytelling and Embodied Storytelling has designed countless other customized programs for diverse groups, such as transgender youth and adults, adoptive caregivers, non-profit boards, and veterans. Meghann integrated Theatre practices into Youth and Young Adult residential treatment services for the MA Dept. of Public Health and has worked extensively with adolescents and young adults in prevention, treatment, and recovery. She is the founder of Meghann Perry Group and leads a team of dedicated facilitators redefining recovery, wellness, and education by offering unique and creative programs.

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